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Free Comic Book Day

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Come to the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library to get your free-to-take-home comic book. Gatekeeper Hobbies will be on hand to provide the free comic books, and we will have comic book themed crafts and other activities including a DC vs. Marvel superhero/villain competition. Join us for all the fun and action on: Saturday, […]

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Novels in Verse for Teens

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April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by checking out novels written in verse. They are a very different reading experience than the typical novel and you will be amazed how much emotion can be expressed using so few words. The way that the words are arranged on the page can also make them more powerful. […]

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Uncommonly Good Books Round-up

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Librarians Dave and Nate write mostly about books guys dig. Their reviews appeal to the sports enthusiasts or even to readers simply fascinated by stories of perseverance, leadership and competition. Dave likes to throw in a few history books for your enjoyment too. Their blog Uncommonly Good Books Read by Two Common Guys is published periodically on tscpl.org. If you’ve missed their previous posts, here’s a few we think you might like.

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Dystopian Novels for Younger Readers

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My ten-year-old daughter has been asking me to let her read The Hunger Games. The answer is, “Not yet,” mostly due to the novel’s child-on-child violence. But there’s another factor: Even if she read the book and the violence didn’t bother her, she still wouldn’t understand why kids are killing kids because she hasn’t yet […]

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All Booked Up: The Civil War in Kansas

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In this edition of All Booked Up, Diana gives you a sneak peek of an upcoming author talk with Debra Goodrich Bisel. The ladies talk about what surprised Bisel as she wrote The Civil War in Kansas. Non-historians and non-scholars will find Bisel’s book quite accessible. We hope to see you at her talk March 10.